Kansas City, MO: R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers, 1956. First edition. Hardcover. 677; 245; 48; 77; 16pp. Thick octavo [23.5 cm] 1/4 red cloth with yellow cloth covered boards. Ads and title stamped in black, red, yellow and gilt on the covers and spine. Ads stamped in black on the text block edges. Good. The extremities are mildly rubbed and soiled, the front hinge is broken, and there is an ink stamp from a public sale on the front free endpaper. Item #44823
R. L. Polk & Co. was created in 1870 by Ralph Lane Polk. After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Polk began earning a living by selling patent medicines door-to-door. While traveling, he met an enumerator in Ohio who was collecting information for a directory publisher. Excited, Polk took a job with the publisher and served several years in the Midwest before he moved to Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 21 to establish his own company. R. L. Polk & Co. went on to publish this Ogden City Directory, as well as over 1,400 other city, county, state and national Directories.